Zane Grey's To the Last Man (1933) - Randolph Scott
In Kentucky just after the Civil War, the Hayden-Colby feud leads to Jed Colby (Noah Beery) being sent to prison for 15 years for murder. The Haydens head for Nevada and when Colby gets out of prison he heads there also seeking revenge. The head of the Hayden family tries to avoid more killing but the inevitable showdown has to occur, complicated by Lynn Hayden (Randolph Scott) and Ellen Colby's (Esther Ralston) plans to marry. Buster Crabbe plays Bill Hayden (Lynn Hayden's brother). A very young Shirley Temple plays Mary Stanley (in an un-credited role).
August 9, 2017 Subject:
That's how it ends?
I won't give the ending away, but it isn't as easy as the good guys just win.
March 4, 2017 Subject:
Top Notch Old Western
Never dull and full of delightful details. Scott is good enough, but he's got nothing on the sexy Esther Ralston and the slew of B-movie baddies led by Noah Beery. Buster Crabbe and Shirley Temple (5 years old) have a delightful scene together.
March 26, 2013 Subject:
An Excellent Old Western
Directed by Henry Hathaway. The screenplay by Jack Cunningham was based on a story by Zane Grey. The film is about a feud between the Colby and the Hayden families, initiated in the hills of Kentucky and continued in the West after the Civil War. Also involved is the conflict between vigilantism and appeals to the law in a frontier environment, and lovers from the two feuding families. Six year-old Delmar Watson and five year-old Shirley Temple were praised by Variety. Henry Hathaway directs yet another Paramount property that had been made as a silent, in this Victor Fleming's 1923 version of the same name.
The landslide sequence includes a lot of archive footage from the silent version, To the Last Man, filmed ten years earlier.
During a scene that called for Shirley Temple to hold a tea party in a barn, a mule in the barn began eating the sugar cubes on the table. Director Henry Hathaway recalled, "Shirley was irritated and tried to shoo him away. Then this mule got irritated. He turned around, and with his two back legs he hauled off at her with a kick. Shirley ducked and he missed, but instead of stopping or running away, she strode over and kicked the mule back."
Shirley Temple later chose Delmar Watson to play Peter in Heidi because she had worked with him in this film.
Big Bear & Cedar Lakes, Big Bear Valley, San Bernardino National Forest, California and Mesa, Arizona. Nice shots of what these places looked like in 1933 during filming of this picture.
Story is set in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the Grass Valley area about 1880. Excellent acting, especially by the mostly uncredited child actors. Nothing hokey about this old western. Good print, but audio track has slight hiss in background of this "Western Electric Noiseless Recording." A keeper for collectors.
Randolph Scott as Lynn Hayden
Esther Ralston as Ellen Colby
Jack La Rue as Jim Daggs
Buster Crabbe as Bill Hayden
Barton MacLane as Neil Stanley
Noah Beery as Jed Colby
Gail Patrick as Ann Hayden Stanley
Egon Brecher as Mark Hayden
Muriel Kirkland as Molly Hayden
Fuzzy Knight as Jeff Morley
James Eagles as Eli Bruce (as James C. Eagles)
Eugenie Besserer as Granny Spelvin
Harlan Knight as Grandpa Chet Spelvin
John Carradine as Pete Garon (uncredited)
Child Actors in this film:
Jay Ward (12 yrs old) as young Lynn Hayden
Rosita Butler (11 yrs old) as young Ann Hayden (uncredited)
Cullen Johnson (7 yrs old) as young Bill Hayden (uncredited)
Delmar Watson (6 yrs old) as Tad Stanley (uncredited)
Shirley Temple (5 yrs old) as Mary Stanley (uncredited)
July 17, 2012 Subject:
To The Last Man
September 1, 2011 Subject:
"To The Last Man" a Good Movie
An excellent western movie from 1933. A good plot and characterizations. It was interesting to see a younger Randolph Scott. Esther Ralston and Noah Berry and the rest of the cast was good.
August 11, 2011 Subject:
zane grey's to the last man
Well, it goes to show that one person's....is another person's....
I was thrilled by "To the Last Man". Yes, the story is stale now, but back in 1933 it was still fresh and there are still plenty of surprising jolts along the way.
The cast is excellent on the whole; an all-star cast of B movie vets. Ralston, Beery and LaRue are tops.
I want to put in a word for Henry Hathaway's direction. It is excellent and the next year he moved up to "A" pictures and a major career in Hollywood.
William K. Everson, who wrote several books on Western films, thought that "To the Last Man" was one of the best Westerns from the 1930s. I have to agree.
August 7, 2011 Subject:
With a side of Shirley Temple...
I really enjoyed this one, but my favorite movies are American Civil War stories, stories about the South and Shirley Temple movies. Plus I like a handsome cowboy...
Ok, this movie isn't at all about the Civil War, but it is briefly mentioned in the very beginning and Shirley Temple does have a few lines. It is a tired-out story line, but it moved along fast enough for me, although it did drag a little towards the end, but then it wraps up fast.
I thought the one actress (Matt's wife) played her part a bit over the top- can you melodramatic? And boy, those bad guys really have the "despicable character-type" down pat.
I don't know that I would watch it twice, but I am not at all sorry I watched it once.
Reviewer:Dr Feel Rotten
April 18, 2011 Subject:
ehhh..OK I guess
The acting wasn't to hot nor was the directing and it was ripped off from the Hatfield and McCoy story, but it did have a lot of big stars in it from the time.. It was if most of them had read the script for the first time then had to say them with a hangover which was very likely the case..
White Cloud said his lines very well though.